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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
VOIDSOn their sixth album VOIDS, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process.
Album opener "Last Kiss" immediately establishes the band's renewed fervor. An appropriately dizzying guitar line plunges into a propulsive groove before the chorus unfolds into a multi-tiered pop chorus. From there the album flows into "Give & Take", a tightly wound exercise in syncopation that recalls the celebratory pulse of early Bear classics like "Fine + 2 Pts" while exploring new textures and timbres. "Invisible" is arguably the catchiest song of the band's career, with Jake Snider's vocal melodies and Knudson's imaginative guitar work battling for the strongest hooks. "What About the Boat?" reminds us of the "math-rock" tag that followed the band in their early years, with understated instrumentation disguising an odd-time beat. "Erase," recalls the merging of forlorn indie pop and electronica that the band dabbled with on their early EPs, but demonstrates the Bear's ongoing melodic sophistication and tonal exploration. By the time the band reaches album closer "Lighthouse," they've traversed so much sonic territory that the only appropriate tactic left at their disposal is a climactic crescendo, driven at its peak by Cory Murchy's thunderous bass.
Not since Planet of Ice's "Lotus" has the Bear achieved such an epic finale. All in all, it’s an album that reminds us of everything that made us fall in love with Minus the Bear in the first place, and a big part of that appeal is the sense that the band is heading into uncharted territories.1. Last Kiss
2. Give & Take
3. Call the Cops
5. What About the Boat?
7. Tame Beasts
9. Robotic Heart
$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
This Is What I Know About Being GiganticTo celebrate Minus the Bear's 10th Anniversary, Suicide Squeeze will issue the band's earliest recordings on vinyl. This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic is the debut album from Minus the Bear, originally released on CD in 2001. This vinyl edition is being remastered from the original tapes by the legendary Bernie Grundman, the Hollywood-based legend behind many of the industry's landmark recordings.1. Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked
2. Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
5. Just Kickin' It Like a Wild Donkey
6. Potato Juice & Liquid Bread
$19.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Planet of IceRemastered By Bernie Grundman
Following the success of Highly Refined Pirates' forward-thinking guitar gymnastics and Menos El Oso's groundbreaking glitch rock, Seattle's premier pop revisionists Minus The Bear dug into some of rock music's most ostentatious years for inspiration for their 2007 album, Planet of Ice. The title alone conjures images of Yes's Relayer album art, and the influence of the elder statesmen's symphonic scope can be felt throughout Planet of Ice's lush and intricate arrangements. You can also hear the band channel the ominous instrumental interplay of Lamb-era Genesis on "Dr. L'Ling", the deceptively savvy musicianship and pristine production of Steely Dan on "White Mystery", and the tightrope walk between ethereal space and pre-metal riffage of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" on "Lotus". Not that Minus The Bear completely abandoned their earlier style?elements of Menos El Oso's sample-driven technique can be heard on the lead single "Knights". But the heart of the song ultimately belongs to the haunting Fripp-esque guitar lines spliced between verses. After being out of print on record since 2010, Suicide Squeeze is proud to reintroduce Planet of Ice's creative marriage of classic motifs and modern musical wizardry with a vinyl remaster courtesy of Bernie Grundman.1. Burying Luck
2. Ice Monster
4. White Mystery
5. Dr. L'Ling
6. Part 2
7. Throwin' Shapes
8. When We Escape
9. Double Vision Quest
$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham (Book)Exclusive 7” Vinyl Record Featuring Rare Unreleased B-Sides From Manchester Orchestra And Minus The Bear
"Ryan is one of the greatest photographers working today.” - Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
“Ryan is an exceptional talent.” - Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Celebrated rock photographer Ryan Russell has announced plans to release his first travel photography book, “Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham,” via No Sleep Records.
Known best for his ability to brilliantly capture timeless photos of some of rock’s biggest acts, from Death Cab For Cutie and Against Me! to Paramore and Blink-182, Russell recently tackled a different subject entirely for “Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham.” In the summer of 2013 he embarked on a life-changing, cross-country journey, moving from his native city of Birmingham, AL to the Pacific Northwest town of Bellingham, WA. Russell documented his trip, capturing the back roads, ghost towns, national parks and historical sites of America with stunning photos of everything he saw.
“Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham” will also include an exclusive 7” vinyl record featuring rare unreleased B-sides from Manchester Orchestra and Minus the Bear, two bands that Russell has shot extensively over the last several years.
"Ryan is one of those rare photographers that can truly put you at ease while he takes superb and entirely honest photos,” says Cory Murchy of Minus the Bear. “A master at capturing the most fleeting and candid of moments, we always look forward to working with him so we were extremely honored to be asked to be apart of this project."1. Manchester Orchestra - Sure Shot
2. Minus the Bear - Surf-N-Turf
$45.99Book + 7" Vinyl Single - SealedBuy Now
Acoustics IIMetallic Bronze Spot Color Jacket
Limited To 5000 Copies
Initial Pressing Of 3000: May Be 180 Gram Black Vinyl, 3-Color Blend, Or Splatter (Colors Shipped At Random)
Founded in 2001, Minus the Bear have worked relentlessly over the past 12 years to build a large and devoted following worldwide via consistent releases and non-stop touring. The band has released ﬁve full length LPs (Highly Reﬁned Pirates in 2002, Menos el Oso in 2005, Planet of Ice in 2007, OMNI in 2010, Inﬁnity Overhead in 2012) along with various EPs. They have toured throughout the US, UK, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. They have played countless sold out venues throughout the world and have been invited to perform at festivals in the US and abroad. They have played as support to bands such as Foo Fighters, Soundgarden and Jimmy Eat World.
In Winter 2008/2009, Minus the Bear released an EP called Acoustics featuring newly recorded acoustic versions of fan favorites from the quintet’s proliﬁc career along with one new track. Limited to 5000 copies of vinyl, Acoustics is now out of print. Acoustics II, the second volume in the acoustic series, is a full LP containing eight newly recorded and reinterpreted standout tracks in addition to two brand new songs: “The Storm” and “Riddles.” Acoustics II is sure to please longtime fans and welcome new fans to this critically acclaimed rock band.1. Riddles
2. The Game Needed Me
3. Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
4. Diamond Lightning
6. The Storm
7. When We Escape
8. Summer Angel
9. Empty Party Rooms
10. Dayglow Vista Rd
$22.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
And when you want the full and real alt rock experience, you’ve gotta try it out on vinyl, and SoundStage Direct is your one-stop shop for all the best alternative rock vinyls.